Kadath Fatal / Henning Bohl
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Artist book by Henning Bohl. The drawings references a host of popular and archetypal imagery familiar to Bohl from his adolescence, incorporating styles learned from Aubrey Beardsely (1872 – 1898), Métal Hurlant comic books (1974 – 2004) and the graphic artists associated with Pagan Publishing (1990 – 1993), including Blair Reynolds.
The title Kadath Fatal references a mythical peak where gods dwell ‘in the cold waste where no man treads’ described in H.P.Lovecraft’s The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (1926/27). Lovecraft’s novel itself drew from William Beckford’s gothic horror Vathek (1786), Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow (1895) and the novels and short stories of Lord Dunsany (Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, 1878 – 1957).
Bohl has previously employed a wide variety of media, including found materials, to produce free-standing sculpture, sculptural reliefs, friezes, collages, prints, posters and videos. As with his previous works, the drawings in Kadath Fatal employ modest yet very specific materials.
Henning Bohl (b.1975, Oldenburg, Germany) currently lives and works in Hamburg.
Published by BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE, 2014
28 pages, 170 × 230 mm